Van Bommel: Bayern OK with call

Van Bommel has not played recently after suffering a recurrence of

a knee problem and he was an unused substitute in Bayern’s victory

over Nurnberg in the Bundesliga on Sunday. He was still selected

for the Dutch squad to face Turkey with Bert van Marwijk’s decision

looking likely to add to the strain between Bayern and the Dutch

football association (KNVB). Bayern had asked for van Bommel to be

released before the Euro 2012 qualifier against Sweden last month

because of his injury problems but Holland coach Van Marwijk, his

father-in-law, claimed he was fit and he played for 70 minutes. The

club had already been in dispute with the KNVB after Arjen Robben

returned from the World Cup with a hamstring injury. Bayern chief

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge then issued a warning for van Bommel not to

play in the game in Amsterdam. However, van Bommel is adamant he

has the full backing of his club to train with the Dutch squad

although he refused to say whether they had advised him not to

travel. Van Bommel told www.ad.nl: “It makes no sense to talk about

things that do not matter. I’m fully fit and Mr Rummenigge,

(president Uli) Hoeness and coach (Louis) van Gaal thought it was a

good idea. I have talked extensively with them. “I am quite fit and

am looking forward to Wednesday. “So, this week 75% of Bayern

Munich players are on the road. I can train here at Oranje with

world-class players and play football. That’s just good.” The

players were training this afternoon in Noordwijk with Wesley

Sneijder set to arrive later, the midfielder having played for

Inter Milan in their derby against AC Milan on Sunday night. Demy

de Zeeuw, Urby Emanuelson and Khalid Boulahrouz are all out injured

but Van Marwijk has not called up any replacements for the trio.

Boulahrouz may be out for up to three weeks after he suffered a

muscle tear in his right calf during Stuttgart’s 3-3 draw with

Kaiserslautern at the weekend.